ZETLAND, Earl of,
a title in the peerage of the United Kingdom, conferred in 1838, on
Laurence Dundas, second Lord Dundas of Aske, county of York, son of the
first baron, Sir Thomas, who died 14th June 1820, and grandson of Sir
Lawrence Dundas of Kerse, commissary-general and contractor to the army
from 1748 to 1759, and created a baronet, 16th November 1762.
The first earl of Zetland,
lord-lieutenant and vice-admiral of Orkney and Shetland, and an alderman
of the city of York, died 19th February 1839, leaving, with other
children, Thomas, second earl, born in 1795, lord-lieutenant of the
North Riding of Yorkshire, married in 1823, Sophia Jane, daughter of Sir
Hedworth Williamson, baronet, without issue. Heir presumptive, his
brother, Hon. John Charles Dundas, M.P., educated at Trinity college,
Cambridge, and called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1834,
lord-lieutenant of Orkney and Shetland.